How do I book?

Please either call us on 01727 890212 or send us an email to discuss your visit and arrange a date.  We suggest offering two or three dates in order of preference.

Once a date has been agreed, we will send you a booking form and will then send back a confirmation letter with full details of your visit.

Schools must book ahead with us regardless of the size of group or type of visit.  

How far ahead should I book?

It is advisable to book at least a term in advance, especially if you have a particular date in mind. If you are unable to plan this far ahead, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

How many children can I bring?

Depending on your chosen activities, we can cater for up to 120 children per session. Please get in touch for further details.

How much does it cost?

  • Guided trails/workshops: Full day visit with two activities: £8.50 per pupil; Half day visit with one activity: £4.50 per pupil
  • Worksheet trails: £3.50 per pupil
  • Unguided visit: £2.00 per pupil
  • There is no charge for accompanying adults

  • Outreach workshops: £120.00 per class
  • Virtual workshops: £75.00 per class

    (Please read more below to find out more about about our Bursary Scheme)

Please refer to the cancellation fee policy at the bottom of this page. 

How do I pay?

We will email you an invoice on the day of your visit, which can be paid by cheque or BACs. Full details will be included on your invoice. 

What is your Bursary Scheme?  

Our Bursary Scheme enables us to financially support your visit, covering up to 100% of your activity costs whist at the Cathedral. Every academic year we can support over 1000 pupils in this way. Please contact us to find out more. 

Where do we park?

Unfortunately we are unable to offer parking onsite. Coaches usually drop off at the bus stop by the entrance to the Cathedral grounds, near the top of Holywell Hill. 

Coach parking is permitted at Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, at the bottom of Holywell Hill at a charge. It is a twenty minute walk through the park to the Cathedral, or up Holywell Hill.  

Where do we come on arrival?

Make your way to the Gift Shop/Welcome Centre desk at the front of the Cathedral.  A member of staff will contact the Education Centre to let us know that you have arrived. 

Where can we eat lunch?

School groups can eat their lunch in the Offa Room and Nave of the Cathedral dependant on the size of the group and availability.   On warmer days, there is always the option to eat outside on the Abbey Orchard.  Please note this space may be shared with another school. 

What about the shop and the toilets?

The Cathedral toilets are open to the general public and therefore all children need to be accompanied when visiting this facility.

The timings of your visit can be arranged to allow your pupils to visit the Cathedral Gift Shop. Please advise us of this when booking so that this can be built into your schedule. It is asked that pupils visiting the shop should be in groups of less than 15 and must be accompanied by an adult.

What if we need to cancel the visit or change the number of attending children?

Bookings can be cancelled up to 6 weeks before and thereafter our cancellation policy applies (you will be provided this information at time of booking).   Numbers can be changed by up to 10% up to 2 weeks before.  

Do you have a Risk Assessment?

Our Risk Assessment is updated annually and we can send you this in advance of your visit upon request.   You are welcome to arrange a visit to us before your trip or it may be helpful to view our 3D Virtual Tour which you can view here.